Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor of Bibliography in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. From 1999 to 2008, she was the first Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia and Professor in the Department of English. While there, she created the undergraduate Media Studies Program, worked on a proposed MA in Digital Humanities, and co-founded SpecLab, the Speculative Computing Laboratory, with Jerome McGann. Since 1986 she has held full-time faculty positions at the University of Texas at Dallas, Columbia University, Yale University, and SUNY Purchase. She was a Mellon Faculty Fellow at Harvard, 1988-89, and has been awarded Fulbright, Getty, and NEH Fellowships and funding.
Drucker is well known for her publications on the history of written forms, typography, design, and visual poetics. In addition to her scholarly work, Drucker is internationally known as a book artist and experimental, visual poet. Her work has been exhibited and collected in special collections in libraries and museums including the Getty Center for the Humanities, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Marvin and Ruth Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, the New York Public Library, Houghton Library at Harvard University, and many others.
Her recent publications include Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity, published by the University of Chicago Press in Spring 2005. With Emily McVarish, she recently completed: Graphic Design History: a Critical Guide, ( Prentice Hall/Pearson, 2008). In 2006, she completed Testament of Women, at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center. Her most recent book, SpecLab (University of Chicago Press, 2009) focuses on experimental design in digital humanities projects. Her other project is the development of a networked resource for the study of artists’ books, ABsOnline.
For the academic year 2008-09 she is the Digital Humanities Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center working on a project called “Diagramming Interpretation.”